Older Adult and Senior Spiritual Support | Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia

Spiritual Support

Finding meaning, bringing comfort, celebrating life

For older adults facing a difficult transition, serious illness or end of life issues, finding much-needed spiritual support can mean finding peace. Our rabbis and chaplains draw upon the richness of Jewish traditions, rituals and community to provide hope and solace.  JFCS can help you identify your spiritual resources and strengthen your ability to find meaning in the midst of life’s challenges.

Our Services

  • Shabbat celebrations – we partner with centers and individuals to share and enrich holiday celebrations and traditions
  • Challah program – we deliver challah to Jewish patients in area hospitals on Friday afternoons. Currently we partner with the following hospitals:
  • Abington Memorial Hospital
  • Aria Torresdale Hospital
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Holy Redeemer Hospital
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Jeanes Hospital
  • Jefferson Hospital
  • Lankenau Hospital
  • Nazareth Hospital
  • Paoli Hospital
  • Pennsylvania Hospital
  • St. Joseph’s Manor
  • St. Mary’s Medical Center
  • Bereavement – We provide individual and group support for individuals and families who have experienced the loss of a loved one
  • Individual and group counseling – our rabbis provide counseling in times of illness, loss and transition
  • Visits to Nursing Facilities  – We provide individual and group support with conversation and connections
  • Case worker – our professionals help to connect to services such as burials and counseling
  • Workshops – we facilitate group sessions that connect Jewish values to topics like caregiving, living with disability, spirituality and healing, and mindfulness
  • Hospice – JFCS partners with area hospices to offer comprehensive chaplaincy services as well as practical religious information to individuals in hospice care (both institutional and home settings), including pastoral counseling for patients and their loved ones, bereavement support and rabbinic consultation about Jewish views on illness and end-of-life issues.
  • Individual and group counseling – our rabbis provide counseling in times of illness, loss and transition
Click here to see our list of Hospice Partners
  • Abramson Hospice
  • Abington Memorial Hospital Home Care & Hospice
  • Holy Redeemer Home Care & Hospice
  • Main Line Health
  • Penn Wissahickon Hospice

We are in challenging and unprecedented times. As we all navigate this new way of living and working together, one thing that remains constant is that JFCs is here for our clients and we are here for each other.


We are watching closely what our City, State and Federal government is saying and doing and translating that into what that means for us as an organization.


We are exploring ways to reach members of our community using the core competencies that we all have to alleviate stress and anxiety. We are communicating with many similar agencies across the country to learn more and better understand policies put forth from our Governor and the Federal government.


Many in the community want to help our clients and want to know what plans we have put in place to reach the most vulnerable.


You can be reassured we remain committed to providing the best care we can offer to all of our clients during these challenging times.


We continue to closely follow the community needs of the community we serve and how we address these ever changing needs.


JFCS is here for you and we will get through this together. Stay safe.